Forget The Flag Napkins & Plates

Many people will be showing their pride this Fourth of July by displaying the U.S. flag. But did you know some ways you try to show your patriotism are against the United States Code?

 

Many people will be showing their pride this Fourth of July by displaying the U.S. flag. But did you know some ways you try to show your patriotism are against the United States Code?

One of the biggest violations of the code is using the stars and stripes for anything other than a flag. The U.S. Code says "The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery. It should never be festooned, drawn back, nor up, in folds, but always allowed to fall free. Bunting of blue, white, and red, always arranged with the blue above, the white in the middle, and the red below, should be used for covering a speaker's desk, draping the front of the platform, and for decoration in general. The flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever. It should not be embroidered on such articles as cushions or handkerchiefs and the like, printed or otherwise impressed on paper napkins or boxes or anything that is designed for temporary use and discard. Advertising signs should not be fastened to a staff or halyard from which the flag is flown. No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform. However, a flag patch may be affixed to the uniform of military personnel, firemen, policemen, and members of patriotic organizations. The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing. Therefore, the lapel flag pin being a replica, should be worn on the left lapel near the heart."

Happy 4th!!

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  • by chris on Jul 6, 2010 at 11:53 PM
    In these times I feel that when anyone shows enough patriotic love for this country be it clothing themself in the flag or any display outher than flying it upside down, we should all be glad. Many dont understand the red strips symbolizes blood the white purity and the blue field and the stars hope for the future additons of more and more states byway of manifest destiny and states wantings of freedom.My Grandfather was a marine for 30 yrs. and told me that the flag should hold the same reverance to me as my life because so many lives have been lost to hold up the symbolizism represented in the colors of "Old Glory"
  • by Anonymous on Jul 6, 2010 at 01:08 PM
    it sounds like marketing folks and clothing designers have a lot to learn...even if everything is made in china.
  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Jul 4, 2010 at 04:50 PM
    How about the flag with 61 stars Dollar Tree sells? (Or at least, a Dollar Tree in Dallas sold somebody.) But I have a better question: If the 4th of July marks the anniversary of our independence from England, why is it the only day we use English date notation (Day-Month)? The proper American date notation is Month-Day, e.g. July 4th. The British would say 4 July or 4th July... or "the 4th of July". It's fine now that we're all friends/allies now, but it's interesting food for thought.
  • by Jim Location: Greenville on Jun 30, 2010 at 03:43 PM
    The Voice...I think it's called symbolism?
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